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Vicia faba 'Optica'

Broad bean

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Vicia faba 'Optica'

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Broad beans, Vicia faba, are easy to grow, bearing an early crop of delicious, tender beans suitable for using in the first of the summer salads.

Vicia faba 'Optica' has a compact growing habit, making it ideal for growing in smaller gardens and even containers. It bears medium length pods of succulent white beans.

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Pinch out growing tips in spring to deter blackfly, and support plants in exposed gardens.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Vicia

Species: faba

Cultivar: Optica

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: October to January

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